1st XV have full points at Coleraine

Good bonus point win for Instonians away to Coleraine
Coleraine – Coleraine 14 - Instonians 41
Date: 2-30 pm Saturday, 5 January 2019
Venue: Coleraine
Fixture: Ulster Rugby Championship Division 1
Conditions: Dry, cold overcast day, but good firm pitch

When these two teams last met back in mid-November at Shaw’s Bridge it was Instonians

who ran out bonus point winners at 36-14. This return fixture at Coleraine yielded a very similar

result. This time Instonians outscored their opponents six tries to two. The pack was again

dominant, particularly at scrum time. Coleraine, when they were able to hold the ball long

enough, looked dangerous and had some very good back play. Their problem was that they

did not have a consistent platform from which to attack and made costly errors when they

forced their way into the 22. Their discipline was also poor and they gave away a dozen

penalties to a paltry 3 by Instonians.

Instonians welcomed back Colm Cregan and Donal Moloney on the wings for this away

fixture. There were several enforced changes in the pack due to the absence, through injury,

of hooker Cameron Barr. Conor Gallagher moved across to hooker and Alan Whitten moved

into the front row to replace him. Tom Matthews moved up alongside Sean Shuttleworth in

the second row. This created a space for Jonathon Mooney to start at blindside flanker.

Massimo Kiri Kiri continued as number 8 in the absence of James Martin in the starting line

up. However, it was great to see James sufficiently recovered to take a place on the bench

along with Wayne Kelly.

It was Instonians who kicked off but a knock on gave Coleraine the first scrum from which

they showed their intentions by moving the ball wide. When Instonians won back the ball

they also sent it wide. Coleraine infringed at the breakdown and Instonians had their first

penalty on halfway. They kicked down to the 22 and then moved the ball to midfield from

the line out. Centre Davey Scott made a clean break and was able to feed winger Donal

Moloney who had a relatively simple run in to score some 15 metres out. Full back Andrew

Keane added the conversion to put the away side 7 points up after just 4 minutes.

Coleraine came straight back on the attack after the restart. They held the ball well and

moved it through the phases and probed the Instonian defence, which appeared to be coping

well. However, a clever little kick in behind the defence stood up and allowed the Coleraine

chaser to latch on to it at speed and run in before the scrambling defence could cover. The

try was not converted but Coleraine were back in the game at 5-7 after 9 minutes.

Instonians did not take long to get back on the attack. Coleraine were penalised at the

breakdown on the Instonian 40 metre line. A quick tap allowed centre Matt Kilpatrick to

make a great run. Coleraine were caught offside as they attempted to stem the attack. From

the 5 metre line out Instonians set up a strong maul which saw hooker Conor Gallagher drive

over for a try at close quarters. This time the conversion went wide but Instonians had

extended their lead to 5-12 after 15 minutes.

They then had a spell where they played some of their best attacking rugby of the season.

It was sparked by a blindside break by Paul Marshall carried on by Colm Cregan. Although

the ball was subsequently turned over they won it back and were then somewhat fortuitiously

they had a kick charged down which bounced into the hands of an Instonian’s back who

saw the opportunity to move it wide. In an exciting spell the ball changed hands many times

at speed with good variation between forward drives and deft handling by the backs. Eventually

after many phases involving almost every player in the team it was big Alan Whitten who had

the pleasure of finishing the move by crashing over to dot the ball down behind the posts. The

conversion was a formality and Instonians were 5-19 up as we hit the half hour mark.

Any thoughts that the game was “done and dusted” were far from the Coleraine minds.

They were straight back on the attack. Their first attack was repulsed but they were soon

back again as they attacked from a line out on the half way line. A break from one of their

mid-field backs took them in behind the Instonian front line. They then held the ball patiently

through phase after phase and then create the space to run in a try out wide. Covering from

the other wing Colm Cregan made a rash high tackle in a desperate attempt to prevent the

score. In doing so he received a yellow card and the try was turned into a penalty try which

brought the score to 12-19 on 35 minutes.

Even down to 14 men Instonians had little problem seeing out the rest of the half. In fact,

they forced a penalty at a scrum on the Coleraine 22 and straight in front of the posts.

They took their first and only kick at goal from the infringement. Andrew Keane made the

score 12-22 and that was where it stood at half time.

The first half opened with Johnny Mooney fielding the kick off and feeding Massimo Kiri Kiri

who made a great run up the middle. Captain Davey Scott was on hand to carry on the move.

He fed out half Ricky McCarthy who raced clear only to have a pass called forward. This was

to set the tenor for the rest of the half. Coleraine were penalised at the ensuing scrum.

McCarthy kicked for the corner to give Instonians the perfect attacking line out. They rarely

make mistakes from this distance. They mauled strongly from the line out. This time it was

player/coach John Andress who was rewarded with the try in the corner as he crashed over

from the back of the maul. This time the angle was too wide for Andrew Keane to convert but

Instonians were now in a commanding lead of 12-27 after 45 minutes.

Again Coleraine came back with a great attack into the Instonian 22 but they turned the

ball over close to the posts and the away side were able first to run and then kick out of

danger. It was good to see James Martin make an appearance from the bench at this

stage to give John Andress a well-earned rest. James’ physical presence was soon

apparent as he showed both his physicality and speed with the ball in hand. With the

pack dominant Instonians launched another series of attacks. All that was keeping them

out were small handling errors and knocks on. As so often at this stage in a game it

became quite scrappy with handling errors from both sides. Coleraine continued to be

under pressure at scrum time which gave them little platform in attack. When they did

clear the ball and sent it wide to their backs a clear threat was apparent.

Coleraine infringed at a line out on the Instonian 40 metre line. Instonians kicked to give

themselves an attacking line out just inside the Coleraine 40 metre line. We first had the

customary maul and then Paul Marshall ran wide to feed Davey Scott coming in at speed

to run straight through for a powerful try. The Andrew Keane conversion was good and

Instonians were now “home and dry” as we moved into the final quarter.

After a leg knock Davey Scott came off to give Wayne Kelly a run. Soon after Andy Keane

had to leave the field with a knock which meant that John Andress’ rest was short-lived.

Coleraine’s woes at the scrum continued. Another attacking line out close in was mauled

and then taken up to the line in a series of “pick and goes”. It was no surprise to see centre

Matt Kilpatrick dance in and stretch for the line after the ball was moved wide. This time it

was Ricky McCarthy who added the conversion to leave the final score at 12-41.

Coleraine never gave up. They won a couple of penalties in the final minutes and moved play

deep into the Instonian 22. But several promising moves came to nothing when the referee

ruled “held up” in the Instonian goal to end the contest.

It had been a good workmanlike performance by Instonians whose coaches will be pleased

with much of the game. Some creative and exciting rugby was played. The pack was dominant,

particularly in the scrum and maul, which gave a strong base from which to attack. A few

handling errors were inevitable given the cold day and the speed at which they tried to play

the game particularly in the second half, where the backs were running onto the ball more

than in the first period.

Next week we move on to a “crunch” game against unbeaten Dromore under floodlights at

Shaw’s Bridge. Kick off 7-30 pm Friday, 11 January. We need a big home support for this

vital game.

Team 1 to 17: Alan Whitten, Conor Gallagher,  John Andress, Sean Shuttleworth, Tom

Matthews, Johnny Mooney, Paddy Bell, Massimo Kiri Kiri, Paul Marshall, Richard

McCarthy, Donal Maloney, David Scott, Matt Kilpatrick, Colm Cregan, Andrew Keane,

James Martin, Wayne Kelly.








Next Match is MASSIVE - Fri 11thJan


1stXV home to Dromore 1stXV in the League

Top of the table clash

Dromore are unbeaten and winners of the Junior Cup

Need we say anymore?

Need a strong vocal support.

To book your spaces at the 1stXV pre-match event contact:

Ken Bamford

0783 466 5095

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Future Fixtures


1st XV

2nd XV

3rd XV

11th Jan (Fri)

L - Dromore (19.30) (H)


12th Jan


L - Malone 3 (H)

L - Larne 2 (H)

18th Jan (Fri)


L - Carrickfergus 2 (19.30) (A)


19th Jan

L - Enniskillen (H)


L - Ards 2 (H)

26th Jan



Forster Plate QF - Ballymoney 3 (H)

2nd Feb


L - Ballymoney 2 (A)

L - Lisburn 2 (A)

9th Feb

L - Portadown (A)


L- Queen's University Belfast 3 (12.30) (H)

16th Feb

L - Grosvenor (H)

L - Dromore 2 (A)


23rd Feb

McCrea Cup Quarter Final - Grosvenor (A)

L - Omagh 3 (A)


2nd Mar

L - Ballyclare (A)


Forster Plate SF

9th Mar

L - Carrickfergus (H)


L - Limavady 2 (A)

16th Mar

McCrea Cup Semi Final


L - Donegal Town (A)

23rd Mar

L - Cooke (A)


L - Cooke 2 (H)

30th Mar

RR 1

L - Armagh 3 (H)

L - Ballyclare 3 (A)

2nd Apr (Tues)

McCrea Cup Final


6th Apr

RR 2


Forster Plate F

13th Apr

RR 3


20th Apr




22nd Apr (Mon)

Easter Mon Instonians U20s Tournament

Easter Mon Instonians U20s Tournament

Easter Mon Instonians U20s Tournament

27th Apr



To be re-arranged


L- Malone 3 (A) - Thurs 8th at 7.30pm - No ref